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Las Vegas man removed from death row 31 years after first sentence

John Valerio was just 22 when he was first convicted of murder and placed on death row in 1988 for fatally stabbing a 26-year-old Las Vegas woman. But in 2002, after more than a dozen years of imprisonment, an error prompted a federal appeals court to overturn Valerio’s sentence while upholding his conviction.

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